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Most Improved Nominees: Women

elaine(Photo - A rookie in 2011, Duluth's Elaine Nelson rocked Minnesota's tri scene this year and cracked the overall Top 10 at Nationals.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - The official men's Most Improved nominees were posted last Friday. Here now are that category's nominated women:

RUTH BRENNAN MORREY, 37, Rochester - 2011 Team MN Rank: 5th

Improving on a 5th place ranking is tough, but RBM will certainly do that. In 2012, Ruther emerged as, arguably, America's best amateur 70.3 racer AND our nation's #1 female duathlete, pro or amateur.

SUZIE FOX, 28, Chaska - 2011 Team MN Rank: 9th

Suzie was brilliant in 2012, racking up six of her 11 career multisport victories. She also conquered long distances, heretofore a buggaboo, by convincingly winning Pigman and placing 6th in her Ironman debut (10:38:09) at IMOO....

Keeping Her Glass Half Full...

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At my age, I can

A Cool Kid. A Cool Party. A Cool Video....

gunnarA COOL EMAIL - A few days ago we received with sweet email from Ann Paulson:

Dear Minnesota Tri News:

I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of a further accomplishment of one of the Rookie Triathlete of the Year nominees. Andrew Gislason, in addition to breaking into the tri scene this year, also organized and participated in Gunnar's Ride, a city-wide family bike ride event in Owatonna to raise awareness for Down's Syndrome. Andrew and his wife Amanda are parents of three year old Gunnar (photo L), who has Down's Syndrome. Andrew must squeeze triathlon training in between his job as a pilot for a small company and parenting a special needs child.

(Local Coverage for Gunnar's Ride:

Most Improved Nominees: Guys

kyle(Photo - MI nominee Kyle Serreyn won three multis in 2012.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards -This year's Most Improved (male) nominees feature two recidivists (Marcus Stromberg and Sean Cooley, were also MI nominees in 2011), a former Junior of the Year nominee (Kyle Serreyn) and a two-time Master of the Year nominee (David Holden). Also receiving significant Committee support was John Heinlein III, who truly enjoyed a breakout season.

Here are the 2012 racing highlights of the MI nominees, athletes who have either improved their positions on Team Minnesota, made the Team for the first time, or came darn close to doing so...

Long Distance Athlete of the Year: Nominees...

mattLONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - To be eligible for consideration in this category, athletes need to turn in a minimum of two "Elite Level" LD performances. The five nominated triathletes here had certainly done that:

MICHELLE ANDRES, 35, East Gull Lake

1st amateur @ Ironman Wisconsin - CR - 10:05:30

2nd overall @ Liberty Half IM...

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